Elizabeth McGinitie, PhD, BSc (Honours)

Assistant Professor, Augustana - Sciences

Contact

Assistant Professor, Augustana - Sciences
Email
elizabeth.mcginitie@ualberta.ca
Phone
(780) 679-1651
Address
148 Hoyme Complex
4901-46 Ave
Camrose AB
T4V 2R3

Overview

About

Degrees:

BSc (Honours in Chemistry), St. Francis Xavier University, Antigonish, Nova Scotia

PhD in Chemistry, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta


Research

My research interests primarily lie in the fields of catalysis and green chemistry. My current research focuses on improving the environmental sustainability and efficiency of industrial chemical processes through asymmetric catalyst immobilization and continuous-flow.

Selected Publications and Patents:

    • Bergens, S. H.; Kalapugama, S.; Nepal, P.; McGinitie, E. Catalyst systems for use in continuous flow reactors and methods of manufacture and use thereof. US Patent 20160175829, issued June 23, 2016.

    • Corkum, E. G.; Wang, R.; Aquino, M. A. S. Compromising the metal-metal bond in diruthenium(II,III) tetraacetate: Reaction of [Ru2(µ-O2CMe)4(MeOH)2]+ with phosphines to form ‘Ru(µ-O2CMe)2(µ-OMe)2Ru’ cores. Inorganica Chimica Acta 2015, 424, 202-209.
    • Corkum, E. G.; Kalapugama, S.; Hass, M. J.; Bergens, S. H. Solvent-free Isomerization of Allylic Alcohols Catalyzed by a Rhodium Catalyst-Organic Framework. RSC Advances 2012, 2, 3473-3476.
    • Corkum, E. G.; Hass, M. J.; Sullivan, A. D.; Bergens, S. H. A Highly Reusable Rhodium Catalyst-Organic Framework for the Intramolecular Cycloisomerization of 1,6-Enynes. Organic Letters 2011, 13, 3522-3525.

    Selected Presentations:

    • Corkum, E. G.; Hass, M. J.; Sullivan, A. D.; Bergens, S. H. A Rhodium Catalyst-Organic Framework for the Intramolecular Cycloisomerization of 1,6-Enynes. 25th International Conference on Organometallic Chemistry, Lisbon, Portugal, September 2012.
    • Corkum, E. G.; Kalapugama, S.; Hass, M. J.; Bergens, S. H. Solvent-free Isomerizations of Allylic Alcohols Catalyzed by a Rhodium Catalyst-Organic Framework. 95th Canadian Chemistry Conference and Exhibition, Calgary, AB, May 2012.
    • Corkum, E. G.; Hass, M. J.; Sullivan, A. D.; Bergens, S. H. A Rhodium Catalyst-Organic Framework for the Intramolecular Cycloisomerization of 1,6-Enynes. 95th Canadian Chemistry Conference and Exhibition, Calgary, AB, May 2012.
    • Bergens, S. H.; Takebayashi, S.; Hass, M. J.; Corkum, E. G.; John, J. M.; Sullivan, A. D. Enantioselective Desymmetrization of Imides by Hydrogenation. A Reusable Catalyst-Organic Framework for Cycloisomerization of 1,6-Enynes. 3rd International IUPAC Conference on Green Chemistry, Ottawa, ON, August 2010.
    • Bergens, S. H.; Takebayashi, S.; Hass, M. J.; Corkum, E. G.; John, J. M.; Sullivan, A. D. Mechanistic and Developmental Enantioselective Catalysis: Stoichiometric Bifunctional Additions, Desymmetrization of Imides by Hydrogenation, and a Reusable Catalyst for Cycloisomerizations. 24th International Conference on Organometallic Chemistry, Taipei, Taiwan, July 2010.

    Teaching

    I have taught a variety of chemistry courses to date including general chemistry, introductory and advanced inorganic chemistry, introductory and advanced organic chemistry and organic spectroscopy.

    The courses that I currently teach are:

    • AUCHE 110, General Chemistry I

    • AUCHE 112, General Chemistry II
    • AUCHE 279, Physical Chemistry
    • AUCHE 230, Inorganic Chemistry I
    • AUCHE 232, Inorganic Chemistry II
    • AUCHE 330, Transition Metal Chemistry

    Announcements

    June 2017: A big welcome to international intern Banruo (Francis) Li! Francis will be working with Marina on catalytic MOF synthesis over the summer months

    May 2017: A big welcome to international intern Marina Schmidt-Thome! Marina will be working on catalytic MOF synthesis over the summer months.

    Courses

    AUCHE 350 - Synthesis II

    An introduction to inorganic chemistry with particular emphasis on the bonding, reactivity and characterization of transition metal complexes. Topics include: Donor-acceptor chemistry, ligand substitution, redox chemistry, photochemical reactions, electronic spectra, magnetochemistry, NMR spectroscopy and an introduction to organometallic chemistry. Prerequisite: AUCHE 250.


    AUCHE 351 - Synthesis II Lab

    This lab course is an extension of AUCHE 251 and introduces students to intermediate and advanced synthetic laboratory principles and techniques. Concepts include the synthesis of transition metal and organometallic complexes, the rational design and synthesis of organic ligand systems, reactions of metal complexes and inert atmosphere synthesis. Students will also gain experience analyzing and interpreting real-world data acquired from a variety of characterization techniques, including NMR, UV-Vis, IR and magnetic susceptibility. Prerequisite: AUCHE 251.


    AUCHE 352 - Synthesis III

    An extension of AUCHE 350 and an introduction to catalysis. Topics include: Common organometallic ligand systems, organometallic reactions and related mechanisms, homogenous, heterogeneous and asymmetric catalysis, catalyst synthesis and design, flow chemistry and industrial catalytic applications. Prerequisite: AUCHE 350.


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